The Winter of Our Discontent

We were on the way to a Gourmet Dinner when we heard that Prime Minister Netanyahu was to deliver a speech on the TV at 8 pm. Despite the heavy traffic and turning a blind eye to the various hand and finger signals we received from other drivers, we managed a U-turn and raced home to watch and listen.

“Uh oh, he’s wearing a blue tie. It’s going to be bad news!”

We were right. Bibi was on nationwide TV to complain about his treatment by the police, the justice system, the press, the “Non-Loving-Bibi-Public” and all the other parties he sees as problems to his master-plan.

Good for you, Bibi! It’s a great idea to let the “Loving-Bibi-Public” see you in action and at your best and when you are under pressure.

But I and many others are not content with you Mr. Prime Minister.

Explain to us, Bibi, why you are in the position where you have to complain to the citizens of your country about the treatment you are receiving? Tell us, Bibi, what you have done to put the half the country against you?

I remember another Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who found himself in a tricky situation when his wife opened an account in an American bank. It was against the law. Yitzhak didn’t stop to think or to run to the TV station to explain that “it was my wife’s account – not mine!”

He ran for the phone and made two short calls: one to the Manager of the bank, saying “Mr. Manager, cancel my wife’s account immediately,” and the second to the president of Israel saying: “Mr. President, I quit!”

And that, Bibi, sums it up. I don’t want my Prime Minister involved in cases 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 or any other number. I don’t want my Prime Minister to be involved in anything that is not directly connected to his position or job with local or international politics and to the benefit of our country. I want to be proud of my Prime Minister, not in a position where I have to defend him or make excuses for him. And I definitely don’t want to see him complaining on the TV Screen.

Mr. Prime Minister you surely remember these two statements:
“Ask not what your country can do for you but you can do for your country.” – John Kennedy 1961 inaugural speech.

“I saw Mischa do wonderful things to fortify the State of Israel, as our Ambassador to Washington, as foreign minister, as Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee chairman and as defense minister, time after time.” – Benjamin Netanyahu in an obituary to the late Moshe Arens, January 10, 2019.

Next time you appear on TV, Mr. Prime Minister, wear the good-news tie, the red one and please, please, wear a smile when you address the nation…

Oh yeah, and you owe us a Gourmet Dinner.

About the Author
Leon Moss grew up in South Africa and has lived in Israel for 35 years; He is a construction estimator by profession, and has been a freelance writer for the past 10 years, writing odd stories, articles and web content. Leon paints and works hard at being retired. He and his wife live in a retirement home in central Israel.
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